Looking abroad to find transportation answers

International fellow from Turkey spends a month in Seattle learning about sustainable transportation

By Heather DeRosa

For most, a go to to the Seattle enviornment in May brings soaking up constrained sunshine and checking out Pike Place Market or the Space Needle. But for Ali Onuralp √únal, his go to was removed from what vacationers see.



Ali's month-long go to was aspect of the Professional Fellowship Program, funded by using means of the United States Department of State, administered by using means of the American Councils for International Education. As one among 30 younger mavens visiting towns all throughout the United States, Ali got here to our Regional Transit Coordination Division hoping to take lots of our sustainable and energetic transportation plans and greatest practices house with him to Ankara, Turkey.
WSDOT Regional Transit Coordination Division engineer Jay Cooper took Ali on a tour of the I-90 floating bridge,
soon to be the first floating bridge to house a light rail line.

Our Regional Transit Coordination Division proved to be a appropriate match to host Ali final month. Working with Sound Transit and different native transit businesses within the Central Puget Sound area, the Regional Transit Coordination Division enables convey a extra sustainable, integrated, multimodal transportation device that offers of us extra alternatives for the way to get around.



Ali spent a lot of his time finding out about lively transportation. His days have been crammed with area trips, informational interviews, and lots of strolling and exploring Seattle and Olympia. Our team alongside with, team from native cities, transit businesses and others teams made themselves handy to share their skills and offer inspiration.



One of these area journeys was touring Seattle DOT's motorbike lanes with City Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang.



"Dongho took me to see the separated motorbike lanes from traffic," Ali said. "I was capable to see the professionals and cons of utilizing Lime and Jump bicycles in these lanes."

Six million of us reside in Ankara, and lots of these of us are edge of households with NULL or three cars, superior to visitors congestion, reduced air quality, and problem navigating by way of cycling or walking. He stated the important thing to tackling their points is creating an city mobility plan.
Left: Seattle DOT City Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang gave Ali a tour of the city’s bicycle lanes. Right: Ali (upper left) and other Professional Fellows from Turkey made a stop at Healy Hall at Georgetown University in
Washington, D.C. as part of his experience in the United States.

"We can enhance air nice and optimize transportation by constructing sidewalks and motorcycle lanes," he said. "Seattle has plenty of answers about fixing site visitors congestion, that's a difficulty in all towns of the world, but in Ankara it is one in every of our most political presents to date."



Ali got here to Seattle hoping to achieve extra instruments about sustainable transportation, and he says that aim was met.



"I was capable to see the motorcycle grasp plan, pedestrian grasp plan, Vision 2020, and the I-5 device partnership," he said. "I truly saw tips on the most interesting way to create a brand new mobility plan for a enormous metropolis by way of those informational interviews."



As a continuation of the bridge that was shaped among our businesses by way of his visit, Ali invited Celeste Gilman, our Deputy Director of Regional Transit Coordination, to go to Ankara in October to share our greatest practices with Ankara's metropolis leaders as an outbound mission as facet of the Professional Fellows Program.

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